11/6/2017: Coast Guard-Passenger Vessel Association Quality Partnership Meeting recap

The Coast Guard and the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) held their bi-annual Quality Partnership Meeting Oct. 26, 2017 in Annapolis, Maryland, to discuss safety issues and other topics affecting the professional passenger vessel industry. Maritime Commons attended the meeting and is providing a summary of the discussions and key takeaways.


10/23/2017: Two policy letters published to address issues associated with testing of machinery alarms on small passenger vessels

Policy Letter 17-07: “Required Plan Review And Design Verification Testing On Small Passenger Vessels”assists vessel owners and operators of small passenger vessels and Officer(s) in Charge, Marine Inspection with the plan review and testing of propulsion control systems that use microprocessors. Policy Letter 17-08: “Inspection of Machinery Alarms on Small Passenger Vessels” interprets “test of machinery alarms” in 46 CFR 176.804(i) and 115.804(i) and clarifies the discretionary language for “additional testing or inspections deemed reasonable and necessary.”